His adamantine challenge and price to chump account at Whitmore Jones Chichester ensured the boutique prospered below his advice however he tragically died in 1968 age-old fifty four, the years of starvation and abiding bondage on the easily of the Japanese accepting taken their toll.
Edward’s son Christopher Whitmore Jones and grandson Mike Whitmore Jones accept aggregate his adventure to mark the seventy fifth ceremony of VJ Day, Victory Over Japan inside the Second Apple War.
Edward was a Leading Aircraftman in the RAF, allotment of 211 Squadron, Middle East Forces, and have become a captive of warfare returned Java fell in 1942.
Whitmore Jones Chichester lower back it changed into based in Oving Road in 1946
An commodity in the Portsmouth Evening Account anachronous January 10, 1944, seem that a schedule he wrote on Christmas Day 1942 had assuredly accustomed at his mother and father in Purbrook on New Year’s Eve 1943, over a yr later.
When he changed into veritably launched, Edward wrote afresh on September 17, 1945, and commenced by way of adage he had beatific a absolute of six playing cards, admitting the aboriginal playing cards he had accustomed had been on October 12, 1944.
Christopher and Mike stated: “We acquisition his aboriginal letter home afterwards his accomplishment from bondage is real chaste but advisory and real shifting.
“Regrettably, 3 bouts of malaria, bristles bouts of dysentery and beriberi, accompanying with affected labour and bad food plan, contributed to an aboriginal afterlife in 1968, aloof 23 years afterwards the cessation of hostilities.
Edward Whitmore Jones, a Leading Aircraftman inside the RAF, allotment of 211 Squadron, Middle East Forces
“Having survived the war, he harassed to Chichester to available and run a annex of our ancestors commercial enterprise in Oving Road, which we’re admiring to mention is one of the few abiding ancestors agencies nonetheless trading in Chichester these days.”
Edward seem in his letter that he become accustomed 15 mins’ ‘scribble time’. It reads as follows:
“My baby Mum and Dad, At aftermost afterwards a weary 3½ years, we’re all afresh chargeless men. This is my aboriginal attack at autograph for a real linked time afterwards alive on rice and bouillon for 3½ years one’s academician will become actually dim. Did I say stew? Soup and boss attenuate at instances too.
“How is each person at Sandy Brow? Am appealing superior to accepting all the information. So considerable has happened during these aftermost admirable weeks that we nevertheless admiration if we’re absent or no longer.
The schedule Edward wrote on Chirstmas Day 1942. It usually accustomed at his parents in Purbrook on New Year’s Eve 1943, over a yr later.
“I wrote a few slicing curve bygone in approximately 5 account and turned into informed that they apparently would not be brought and were truth commissioned by those. So right here’s hoping.
“We are at present (about 50 of us) blockage in a adequate structure persevering with in sufficient place in Batavia, a admirable area. Our aliment is executed and returned the considerable day, about all of (excuse me!)
“Sept seventeenth. A actual memorable date – physician has aloof seem to peer us and abreast us to backpack our kit. Shall be aerial to India any second! GOSH!
“Everyone’s all a buzz. We have been adage that absolutely everyone become interest home besides us. I get so aflame these canicule – abnormally returned I anticipate of domestic – my mom and ancestor and all those I love. In reality autograph this and cerebration of you all is set too ample for me. I’m a piece smooth. During the finished years one begin it great to balloon aggregate and booty what was coming.
Celebrating 100 years of Whitmore Jones in September 2009, from left, Gerald Lloyd, Christopher Whitmore Jones and Mike Whitmore Jones at the Chichester keep. Picture: Bill Shimmin C091581-1
“Have tasted eggs, butter, milk and meat, fruit, etc aboriginal for over 3 years. (STOP PRESS the ‘Gen’ is we are aerial into Colombo, accustomed balmy kit and once more beeline to Acceptable Old England. I wonder!) In any case shall column this vicinity we stay, or accompany it with me.
“Have been cogent my vicinity that article big become apprenticed to appear on the 17th. He’s a admirable fellow, lives in Brighton and acclimated to project for Baby and Parkes s.C. Rep.
“Although Java is a admirable island, not so considerable now the Japs take delivery of had it for 3½ years. Shall be lively to get abroad from the abiding solar.
“Pompey lads been real fine on my own 2 asleep that I can acquisition annihilation approximately.
“I am correctly in shape, real attenuate and adversity from the afterwards furniture of accepting dysentery five instances, but acceptable aliment will anon placed me proper.
“As amplitude is abbreviate will try to summarise contest which capability be of interest. Remember a infant lad, one Pat Davis, aboriginal academy pal of Voller days. Met him in aboriginal POW canicule afterwards over twenty years, now Wing Commander, achieved rank in affected and he irritated up trumps. Aloof as accustomed as he continually turned into, no side.
Cosham Aerial Street abundance of Whitmore Jones
“Hope to get a brace of boots any time, take delivery of beat portions of copse for 2½ years. Bare tension fine of the time, they anon get difficult. My beard could be approximately 1 inch related now.
“Since POW be given been to AMBON ISLE for 1½ years on a alive birthday celebration. Aloof Hell on Earth. Our admiral appraisal 25% of us survived. Could by no means get you to bisected brainstorm this alarming adversity of our boys through pain and starvation.
“Had perspective nowadays, aboriginal for 3½ years, turned into it tasty. This abode has been heaven. Must close. See you all quickly. Loving son. Edward.”
He ends with a ancillary time table ‘MY MOTHER. What a day it’ll be’ and 6 kisses.
Edward become the youngest son of Arthur Whitmore Jones, who founded the ancestors business in Southsea in 1909, and become 32 lower back he trade from the Pacific.
He broadcast the commercial enterprise with the aid of aperture the Chichester keep, demography over the armpit of an absolute accouterments and equipment abundance which had operated back the aboriginal 1800s.
After Edward died, Christopher abutting the commercial enterprise, to recommendation his mom Jean, and took over the circadian jogging. Jean connected to assignment at the boutique and retired virtually from the business on my own in 2002, on the age of 81.
Mike abutting the business in 2003, the fourth bearing to be actively concerned. He now runs the commercial enterprise with the useful resource of leader income administrator Gerald Lloyd.
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